An intrepid modder has managed to hook up an Nvidia RTX 3090 graphics card to a laptop computer by connecting it to the pocket book’s M.2 slot, which is designed to play host to an SSD, not a GPU.
This feat was achieved by an worker of Chinese language agency Koshin, which is a subsidiary of Lenovo, and it leads to a totally useful system able to dealing with some critical gaming – like operating Cyberpunk 2077 ‘easily’ with ray tracing turned on.
As noticed by PC Watch, the modder confirmed off this setup utilizing a Koshin Air 14 laptop computer powered by a Ryzen 5 4600 U processor.
The M.2 NVMe SSD was taken out of the pocket book, to permit the RTX 3090 to be related to the laptop computer utilizing an M.2 to PCIe adapter cable (with the small matter of requiring a gap to be minimize within the underside of the laptop computer chassis to run the cable out to the GPU).
Then there was the issue of powering this exterior graphics card, in fact, and to try this, the RTX 3090 needed to be hooked as much as a desktop PSU (650W mannequin), making this, shall we embrace, a lower than elegant wanting answer.
The efficiency achieved is spectacular, although, as we talked about, however clearly not on the identical stage as you’d get with the 3090 in a desktop PC.
Ultimately, whereas this can be a largely impractical endeavor, it’s an fascinating piece of tech wizardry nonetheless (albeit not the primary time this sort of answer has been carried out – although it’s the first time we’ve seen it).
Usually, the way in which you’d hook up an RTX 3090 (or different graphics card) with a laptop computer can be as an exterior GPU in an enclosure through a Thunderbolt connector, which is clearly a a lot simpler solution to go.
The M.2 slot methodology is a cool concept, theoretically providing efficiency advantages above Thunderbolt 3 – assuming you may get all of it to work okay – however the primary stumbling block is that we might undoubtedly not suggest you begin chopping holes in your laptop computer your self, for apparent causes.
Through Tom’s Hardware